Brac students earn DARE certificates

Students in Cayman Brac are now better equipped to make the right choices when it comes to drugs and peer pressure.

That’s the goal behind the Drug Abuse Resistance Education programme, a 10-week course delivered by community policing officers with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

‘I’ve had some very positive responses,’ said Cst. David Ashurst, one of six RCIPS officers teaching the course in the Brac and Grand Cayman.

The programme provides students with the information and skills they need to lead a drug-free lifestyle. It also teaches students how to deal with peer pressure and gives tips on how to resolve disagreements. At the end of course, students write an essay on what they’ve learned.

A total of 27 Year Six students from West End and Creek and Spott Bay primary schools recently graduated from the DARE programme.

The ceremonies, held at the Brac Reef Beach Resort, featured a number of special guests including the Governor, Mr. Bruce Dinwiddy, Mrs. Emma Dinwiddy and District Commissioner Kenny Ryan.

The DARE courses were initiated by the RCIPS in 2000 with assistance form the National Drug Council, the Education Department and various local sponsors.

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